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Exeter City attacking show against AFC Wimbledon pleases boss Paul Tisdale

16 March 2015

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale was thrilled with his side's attacking display as they ended a five-match winless run on home turf with a 3-2 win against 10-man AFC Wimbledon.

Tom Nichols scored twice and David Wheeler grabbing Exeter's other goal, after things had initially started badly for the Grecians with Adebayo Akinfenwa opening the scoring inside four minutes for the Dons.

The 25th-minute sending off of Dannie Bulman swung the game in the home side’s favour, and goalkeeper James Hamon's freak own goal late in the game was nothing more than scant consolation for the visitors.

"It was a much-needed win, a very pleasing win," Tisdale said.

"It was a very competent performance with some good individual performances.

"We scored three goals and there were plenty of other chances and shots as well and it could have been more.

"It was a nervy last few minutes conceding the late goal and the anxiety it causes, but I am especially pleased to win the game, especially as we were behind so early in the game.

"Although it seems an easy task, playing against 10 men with something to hold on to can sometimes be frustrating and it is not always the easiest task or challenge you can have.

"I am most pleased with the way we played the game in front of us against 10 men. We played with real patience and quality.

"The mindset was that we had to win the game. There's no point faffing around being cautious. I felt we had to stick with that mindset, even when we made the changes.

"We played the challenge really well and I am very pleased."

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